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September 17, 2005



Hi Angie - Don't know how you snuck this under my nose!!! Nice site, can't wait to see your Moon Cake taste comparisons.


Angie - Where were you teaching in China? My wife was a student at Beijing Normal University at the time of the Tianamen Square protests.



Thanks, it's only been up a few days. I'm still trying to figure out how everything works. But I have to thank you (and Beth) for giving me the courage to finally jump into the food blogging world. Your site has been a real inspiration.

Wow, your wife was in Beijing during that time? I was down in Guangzhou--teaching at South China Normal University from 1986-87.



And thanks for the link to my blog on your site!


I feel so ashamed that I knew less history about this traditional Chinese holiday than you did. The only thing I know about the moon festival is this is the time for farmers to celebrate the end of the harvest season. I do remeber when I was a young kid, we will eat moon cake stuffed with bean paste and colored preserved fruit. Materials were rather limited where I grew up. NOt nearly as fruitful as the southern part of China. I do remember and often dream about was those crabs that we always eat during this time of year. It is traditionally believed that the crabs are at their fattest during fall, female one full of those rich orange eggs right under the upper shell. They were sold at the side of street, live, running around sideways, trucks load of them. My grandma simple steam them and serve with vineger and ginger. It was sweet and juicy. And that is why I have such a hard time eating lobester legs and crabs here, they taste like dead rubber with salt rubbed all over it. Good crab should be sweet, rich and light at the same time. Thanks for the wonderful memory. The moon does look extra big and bright tonight. Shall my grandma and grandpa rest in peace.




Don't feel ashamed. I didn't know all that either until I googled it! And there's plenty of American history I don't know either.

Thank you for sharing those sweet memories of your grandparents. Your description of the crabs you grew up with is so rich it makes my mouth water.


Hi "Miss Angie" !!

It's your pal Scott from Happy Days at South China Normal University! Thanks for pointing me to your blog. Wow - so many memories. Especially the concrete apartment and all the wonderful creatures we had living there with us. Remember the noisy chickens and how we threw rice over the balcony at them to shut them up?? Remember how we almost burned the apartment down at Halloween when the students visited our "Haunted House"? And those mooncakes - you forgot to mention how our colleague Stephen used them as a reference in his composition classes and grammar classes for the rest of the school year - driving the students crazy! ("Oh, Gao San!")

Anyway, living in China again, I have been eating my share of mooncakes lately. Now, it's the customers who send them. This time, I received a box of Starbuck's mooncakes - can you believe it - Starbuck's mooncakes?! Mocha-flavored, chocolate-flavored, green tea, and even curry - yuck! (What does curry have to do with Starbucks anyway??) There are some other "modern" mooncakes that I tasted a few years ago - they used a very light fruit filling instead of all that bean paste.

Well that's the latest mooncake news flash from Beijing.

Thanks for the memories. I was a little struck by your opening, "Many years ago..." - ulp! It really has been many years. Guangzhou was the best place to be in China back then.




It's great to hear from you. Of course I remember "feeding" the chickens and the mosquito netting catching on fire. So many great stories from that year in Guangzhou.

Now that you are back in China, please write! You can be my crazysalad Beijing correspondent.

Starbucks moon cakes?! Is nothing sacred any more?


Another funny story was when Jim visited and he flew on that Air Force plane to Guilin. He and the other customers had a great time trying on the souvenir ties that they gave out on the plane. I think he put on an army uniform that somebody gave him or something. OK, what does this have to do with mooncakes? (Don't worry, I won't turn your blog into a running China memoire...)


Angie, your blog is fantastic! very interesting! I love it!

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